Hand Lens Hike, Metolius Preserve

**CANCELLED** Unfortunately this hike has been cancelled due to low registration. Please join us for one of our many other family-friendly walks + hikes this season.

Discover unknown natural worlds closer than ever before with the Deschutes Land Trust and Rebekah Ratcliff and family. Bring your family to the Metolius Preserve for a special family hand lens walk to get up close and personal with nature! Join Rebekah as we wonder about all the mysteries of the micro-life in our world. Learn how to safely (safe for you AND the creatures!) use and make discoveries with a hand-lens. Perfect for families to explore and learn together after school. **Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.**

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy ~1-2 mile hike on dirt roads and trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will explore trails in the area. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Journal and pencils if you have them. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Metolius Preserve is a 1,240 acre forested Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Deschutes Land Trust established the Preserve in 2003. The Preserve contains mature ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western larch, as well as a rich diversity of other plant species. Three miles of Lake Creek, an important tributary to the Metolius River, flow through the property, contributing to the rich habitat found on the Preserve.